Our mission is centered on Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. First, we aspire to proclaim the good news of His salvation through our lives and words. Second, we encourage people to know the Bible, the Holy Spirit and the believers to bring us into an ever greater knowledge and fellowship with Christ. Third, we seek to build up the Body of Christ and practically in our city as a living, committed community of believers. We see that Jesus Christ glorified in the church and each believer is the goal of God’s eternal purpose.
The Work of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ became a true and real man in His incarnation; He lived a sinless human life; He died on the cross as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, thus accomplishing our redemption; He resurrected on the third day, becoming a life-giving Spirit to impart His life into us; He ascended to the right hand of God the Father; and He will one day return to claim the church, His bride, and establish His kingdom forever.
All believers in Jesus Christ, with whatever measure of faith or portion of ministry they have received from God, are members of the Church, the universal Body of Christ, which includes all believers throughout all time and space. Members of the Body of Christ are given gifts to function for the profit of all, so that the Body may be built up and grow. Just as the manifold wisdom of God is made known through the universal church, the New Testament displays a pattern of churches in cities as practical expressions of the universal church.
We meet together as the church in Columbus to reflect and testify of the reality of the oneness of all believers in Columbus, as an expression of the one Body of Christ.
Salvation and Sanctification
Because of all that Jesus Christ is, has, and has accomplished, we sinners can repent and believe in Him for the forgiveness of our sins, for our redemption, for our justification, for our sanctification and for our being born of God, that we may have the eternal life of God and be a child of God. This is our salvation by grace through faith.
There is one God. He is uniquely one, yet He is three –the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—three Persons eternally existing and co-equal with God. God is the creator of heaven, earth, and mankind.
God the Father is over all and has life in Himself. He sent the Son and is glorified in the Son. He possesses the kingdom, transfers the saints into the kingdom and will one day receive the kingdom from the Son. He fixes times and seasons, knows all days, and elects all the saints in His foreknowledge. He is merciful, approachable, hears prayers, and is the source of every spiritual blessing.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit, the eternally existing Divine Person, is sent by the Father and the Son. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; sanctifies and indwells believers; grants spiritual gifts; and transforms believers into the image of Christ. The New Testament designates the Spirit as the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of His Son, and the Spirit of the One who raised Jesus from the dead.
God created man and woman in His own image with the intention that they would express Him and have dominion. The first man, Adam, sinned, which brought death into the world. Now all men have sin and are thus condemned. Mankind is now good—created by God—yet fallen—having sin dwelling in them. Jesus was a perfect man, like us in all respects, yet without sin. He released us from our sins by his blood that we may be saved through faith and have eternal life.
The Second Coming of Christ
Jesus Christ will return, appearing again to judge the living and the dead, give reward to the saints, establish His kingdom on earth. The dead will resurrect, the saints will enter the kingdom, and the disobedient unbelieving will suffer eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord.